Delivering the Green: The Future of California’s Freight Transportation System


Click here for a policy brief on the Delivering the Green policy forum series


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Forum 1: The Role of Freight Transportation in Achieving Clean Air, Climate Goals, Economic Growth, and Healthy Communities in California

Friday April 19th, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. PST

Click here to view Don Anair’s presentation

Click here to view Jack Kitowski’s presentation

 Click here to view Professor Ed Avol’s presentation

Forum 2: Advanced Rail and Truck Technology Development and Deployment

Friday, April 26th 11:30- 1:00 p.m. PST

Click here to view Ben Sharpe’s presentation

Click here to view Fred Silver’s presentation

Click here to view Henry Hogo’s presentation

Forum 3: Planning for Change: How Regions are Planning to Modernize the Freight System in California

Friday, May 10th 11:30- 1:00 p.m. PST

Click here to view Thomas O’ Brien’s presentation

Click here to view Caroline Rodier’s presentation

Click here to view Annie Nam’s presentation

With three of the largest North American West Coast ports, more than 40 percent of containerized imports and nearly 30 percent of the country’s exports enter and exit California ports. California’s ports also serve as a major economic engine for the state, generating billions in state and local tax revenues a year and thousands of jobs. California’s freight industry is poised for explosive growth in the next 20 years.

 California’s freight sector, including trucks, trains, and ships powered primarily by diesel fuel, is the largest contributor to ozone-causing nitrogen oxide emissions and diesel particulate pollution, and a major contributor to climate change including emissions of carbon dioxide and black carbon. ARB, the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Districts have recently suggested, through the analysis completed for A Vision for Clean Air, that widespread adoption of zero and near zero tailpipe emission technologies will need to be deployed rapidly to meet looming air quality deadlines and to meet the state’s climate goals.

Numerous policy-related activities are expected in 2013 that will address freight.  Current incentive programs, including AB118 and the Carl Moyer program, which provide some funding for freight related projects, will sunset unless reauthorized. The AB32 Scoping Plan, which includes programs to address emissions from freight, is being updated in 2013.  The Governor’s ZEV Action plan was released in February 2013 and includes actions by state agencies over the next several years that will help achieve “By 2020….wide spread use of ZEVs for public transportation and freight transport.”  Regional air districts along with ARB will be developing plans over the next couple of years to meet federal air quality standards, and will need to address emissions from freight.

There has been significant progress on light duty passenger vehicles policy, including regulatory requirements of auto manufactures to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions of GHGs and criteria pollutants,  produce zero emission vehicles (ZEV), requirements for infrastructure development (e.g hydrogen refueling), and significant support through monetary incentives and others (eg. such as car pool lane access, parking policies, etc). Policy support for low and zero emission freight transport (trucks, trains, ships, and infrastructure) does not currently exist at the same level, despite the fact that a transition of the freight system could take longer and be more difficult than for passenger vehicles.

Over three sessions in April and May, the policy forum series drew from the latest research to explore some of the strategies to address the impacts of California’s freight and goods movement system on air quality, climate, and community health with researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, industry stakeholders, and other experts to inform better policy.